Welcome to K-9 Lifesavers!

K-9 Lifesavers, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, rescues homeless and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters, owners who can no longer care for them, and other high-risk situations.

We work with dedicated volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians, trainers, and kennels to provide loving temporary care while we find well-matched, carefully screened forever homes for each dog we take in.

We also serve as a support group to our adopters and all dog owners by providing ongoing education and resources for the well-being of their dogs, including the importance of proactive spay/neuter policies, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.


The Vet Is In- Exercising Your Dog

| August 15th, 2012 | No Comments »

Exercising Your Dog • Exercise can have many health benefits for your dog. • You can help your dog get plenty of exercise by scheduling regular activity. • Consult your veterinarian before beginning an exercise program for your dog. Benefits Exercise can have many health benefits for your dog. Regular exercise burns calories, reduces appetite, improves muscle tone, increases metabolism, and improves temperature regulation. It can be a valuable contributor to weight loss and maintenance. Exercise can also help stimulate your dog’s mind, thereby preventing boredom and destructive behaviors. Needs and Precautions Individual exercise needs vary based on breed or breed mix, sex, age, and level of health. If your dog is a 6- to 18-month adolescent or a sporting, herding, hound, or terrier breed or mixed breed, your dog’s exercise requirements are high. However, strenuous exercise can cause problems in some dogs, especially those that are not fit or

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Why We Foster

| March 30th, 2012 | No Comments »

Fostering Larissa and the “Baby L” Pups by Lynne Brummitt We became a foster family for K-9Lifesavers in January and we have had an incredible experience over the last 3 months! After fostering our first dog Marika mentioned that sometimes a pregnant dog is rescued and it is harder to find a foster family. I told her that we would be willing to take a pregnant dog, never thinking that I would be asked the very next week if I would foster Larissa, a pregnant Australian Shepherd mix expecting 6 puppies (at least that’s what the vet thought!). I had never seen puppies being born (never been around a puppy younger than 7 weeks) and I had no idea what to expect. I asked a lot of questions of k-9lifesavers volunteers and did some research to find out what could be used as a whelping box, what supplies I needed

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The Vet Is In- Flea Allergy

| March 30th, 2012 | No Comments »

FLEA ALLERGY DERMATITIS (FAD) Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort and serious illness in pets and even people. Fleas and ticks are easily prevented from bothering your pet through the use of safe, easy to administer, effective products. Parasite prevention also may require treating your home and yard and keeping pets out of areas where fleas and/or ticks are likely to lurk. Flea or tick control products meant for dogs should never be used on cats and vice versa. What Are Fleas and Ticks? Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort for your pet and can also cause serious diseases. Fleas Fleas are insects that are ubiquitous in the environment-meaning they can be found almost everywhere. There are more than 2000 species of fleas, but the common cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the one that most commonly afflicts dogs and cats.

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Follow My Lead- Puppy Nipping

| March 30th, 2012 | No Comments »

Training Advice for Positively Good Dogs by Kelly Spring, CPDT Tips for Handling Your Nipping and Mouthing Puppy Is your puppy driving you crazy with her sharp little teeth on your hands, arms, legs and clothes? Don’t worry; this is a really common (and fixable) problem. The first thing to know is that it is very unlikely that this is aggressive behavior. Puppies use their mouths and teeth when they play with each other, which is normal and appropriate behavior – with other puppies. As the bigger-brained species, it’s our job to teach puppies that we don’t like that kind of play and give them other appropriate options. First, swap out your hand or pant leg for something that is appropriate for her to have in her mouth. When your puppy starts getting excited and mouthy while you’re petting her, give her a bone, a rope toy, or a soft

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Can you help Bea- ADOPTED!

| January 25th, 2012 | No Comments »

Hi, my name is Beatrice and I’ve been waiting for my very own home for nearly two years. I’ve thought for a long time that I get passed over because of my name. Beatrice. Sounds like it belongs to someone’s great aunt. An uptight great aunt. I’ve noticed that lots of the other K9 dogs tell the history of their name – or that it means something spectacular in a foreign language. So I googled my own name. Found out that it means “traveler” or “voyager” in Latin. But even better is that Beatrice was the muse of a very famous author – Dante. Although they only ever met twice in his life, she was his inspiration. In one of his stories, she guided him through heaven. I like my name a whole lot more now. All I need as a forever friend to walk with me through the rest

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Follow My Lead- House Training

| December 8th, 2011 | No Comments »

Training Advice for Positively Good Dogs by Kelly Spring, CPDT House Training Your Dog A dog has no innate understanding of where you think it is appropriate to potty and where you would rather he didn’t.  He really doesn’t know.  Seriously.  He can and will learn – but it will be much easier for both of you if you communicate it to him in a way that he can easily understand.  The holy grail of housetraining is: confinement, supervision and positive reinforcement. Crate Training: When you can’t actively supervise your dog, he should be confined to an area small enough that he won’t want to soil in it – a crate is a great confinement solution. The crate should be large enough that he can comfortably sit, lie down, and turn around, but not so large that he can soil one area of the crate and comfortably move away from

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Follow My Lead- Halloween Safety

| October 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »

Training Advice for Positively Good Dogs by Kelly Spring, CPDT Halloween Can Be a Scary Time for Your Dog Halloween is lots of fun for people, but it can be a nightmare for some dogs.  Keep your dog safe and stress-free with these easy tips: Walk your dog before or after trick-or-treaters make their rounds.  Costumes and sugar-fueled children can be frightening to dogs.  Hold the leash firmly just in case your dog gets startled by a child in a costume or a group of revelers. Keep the Halloween goodies out of reach.  Chocolate and candy containing xylitol are toxic to dogs. When the ghouls and goblins come knocking, make sure your dog is in a secure area of the home – behind a baby gate, in her crate, or in another room with the door closed.  Many dogs become increasingly excited, stressed, and/or scared by a parade of visitors

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Follow My Lead- Resource Guarding

| September 1st, 2011 | No Comments »

Training Advice for Positively Good Dogs by Kelly Spring How do I Prevent Resource Guarding? When dogs guard their “good stuff” (bones, toys, food, crates, people, socks, dirty Kleenex – the dog decides what’s valuable) it is often caused by anxiety. They’re worried that another animal or a person is going to take it away. They use growls, snaps, body freezing/tensing and other “aggressive” body language, including biting, to try to warn the person or animal away from something he or she finds valuable and doesn’t want to lose. It’s important to understand that this is a very normal and adaptive behavior in canine culture. If a dog is out in the world fending for himself, guarding his “good stuff” is going to keep him alive and well-fed. Because it’s so useful for survival, this is a behavioral tendency that is very difficult to breed out and most dogs have

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Follow My Lead- Leash Reactivity

| July 27th, 2011 | No Comments »

Training Advice for Positively Good Dogs by Kelly Spring Why does my Dog lunge, bark, and whimper at other dogs when we go for walks but gets along with dogs off-leash? You and your dog are not alone – this is one of the most common behavior problems I am consulted about. The first thing to know is what “leash-reactivity to dogs” (trainer lingo for this type of out-of-control behavior) is not. It’s not about dominance – over you, the other dog, or anyone else. This behavior is almost always the result of over-arousal from fear or frustration. If Rover hasn’t learned fantastic dog-dog social skills or he’s had a bad experience interacting with another dog, he may be able to manage at the dog park – and even enjoy himself – because he and the other dogs have the freedom to avoid uncomfortable situations. When Rover is on-leash and

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Support K-9 Lifesavers!

| June 30th, 2011 | No Comments »

The economy has taken a toll on adoptions throughout the country, and although our adoption rates have remained stable, our shelter fees, transport costs, boarding fees, and vetting costs have increased.  We recently raised our adoption fees in an effort to help offset the rising costs of dog rescue, but we need additional help.  We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation to help provide medical and everyday care to our dogs. Your support means the world to us! No contribution is too small or too big.  Since its inception, K-9 Lifesavers has saved close to 3000 dogs from certain euthanasia, and adopted them into permanent homes.  This could not be possible without the financial donations of supporters like you. Your donation in any amount provides a chance at the Good Life! Receive a K-9 Lifesavers T-Shirt with all donations $150 or more! – Please indicate

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